Author Archives: Gabriela Helfet

This week’s Vinyl Factory HQ Spotify playlist (9th July)

A rotating selection of our favourite music.

From new releases to beloved classics and little-known favourites, our VF HQ playlist features the records we’ve been listening to.

This week’s instalment features tracks by Karen Nyame KG, Shire T, Moodymann, Little Simz, Dennis Bovell, and more.

Selected by VF’s Gabriela Helfet and updated regularly, check out its latest incarnation below, and follow us here.

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VF Live: Rare Groove #3 with Norio

Japanese Balearic, house, techno, experimental electronica and more from the Osaka record store.

In VF Live, collectors take you inside their homes, record stores, and studios for intimate sets and mixes.

For Osaka record shop Rare Groove’s latest VF Live set, owner Norio plays Japanese Balearic, house, experimental, electronica, and techno selected from the racks.

Watch and listen to the set above, check out the tracklist below.

Tracklist:

1. Imitation – Exotic Dance
2. TsuchiYaniBond – Urbane
3. Toshiyuki Honda – Tomorrow I Play A Piano
4. Emerson Kitamura & Tomoe Ura – Kieta Akabus
5. Sato – Towa No Us (waki remix)
6. Coastlines – Half Moon Shadow
7. Milk Talk – ‎Ah Be Rue (パソコン音楽クラブ Remix) (7-inch Edit)
8. Y.N – RTS
9. Fitzzgerald ‎– Moonjam (Roy Comanchero Remix) – *”Roy Comanchero is an Osaka guy!”
10. HANKYOVAIN – code name:party light (Bushmind Remix Instrumental)
11. CAZA FEATURING TUTTLE & DYNAMO – xxxZeroxxx (A.W. Mix)
12. Ryuichi Sakamoto – Exhibition


Head here to discover all of the records Norio played at Rare Groove, Osaka.

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VF Live: Macca

“Kickback chillers, instrumental bangers, and weirdo vocals.”

In VF Live, our favourite DJs take you inside their homes, record stores, and studios for intimate sets and mixes.

NTS resident and Liverpool’s own, Macca brings a slice of One Glove to the VF Live series, direct from his living room.

“This was a great excuse to grab a bunch of records I haven’t played for some time. I played some well known artists mixed with lesser known tracks, but each one compliments the other. It’s a chilled affair to begin with – after all, I’m sat in my socks in my flat – closing out with a few heavy hitters from my nearest and dearest.”

“The set also features a track from One Glove 001 – Southside Park EP by moon, which straddles the boundaries between scouse bruk, house, hip-hop, garage and jungle, with essential streaks of adlibs, samples, and vocals from old and new voices, reflecting the grit and soul of inner-city Liverpool.”

Watch and listen to the set above, and check out the tracklist below.

Tracklist:

1. Caliban – Open Mind
2. Fila Brazillia – July 23
3. Tornado Wallace – We’re Where We Were Part 2
4. Sonzeira – Southern Freeez
5. Dreamcast – Liquid Deep
6. K15 – Crush
7. Thundercat feat. Ty Dollar $ign & Lil B – Fair Chance
8. John Carroll Kirby – Essaouira
9. The Pool – Jamaica Running (European Mix)
10. Mike Slaughter – In Time
11. Contours – The Dada Loop
12. moon featuring Sticky Dub – Inna Dance
13. Rapscallion – A Dis Yah Secret Friend

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This week’s Vinyl Factory HQ Spotify playlist (25th June)

A rotating selection of our favourite music.

From new releases to beloved classics and little-known favourites, our VF HQ playlist features the records we’ve been listening to.

This week’s instalment features new tracks by SAULT, Sherelle, Tyler, The Creator, TSHA, Overmono, and more.

Selected by VF’s Gabriela Helfet and updated regularly, check out the latest incarnation below and follow us here.

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VF Live: Zudrangma Records #7 with Maft Sai

An Ethiopian 45s special.

In VF Live, our favourite DJs take you inside their homes, record stores, and studios for intimate sets and mixes.

For Zudrangma Records’ latest set from its Bangkok HQ, label head, shop founder, DJ, and producer Maft Sai selects Ethiopian 45s from the racks.

Watch and listen to the set above, check out the tracklist below.

Tracklist

1. Tilahun Gessesse – Lanchi Biye
2. Tilahun Gessesse – Alegntaye
3. Mulu-Ken Melesse – Wubit
4. Tamrat Ferengi – Anchin Yagengulet
5. Aster Aweke – Mulu
6. Tilahun Gessesse – Aikedashim Libe
7. Alemayehu Eshete – Tashamanalech
8. Alemayehu Eshete – Ney-Ney Woleba
9. Seifu Yohannes – Ebo Lala
10. Mahmoud Ahmed – Yefikir Wuha Temu

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VF Live: Niks

Minimal techno, ’90s US house, new school garage, jungle, breakbeat, and more – at Phonica Records.

In VF Live, DJs take you inside their HQs, record shops, and studios for intimate sets and mixes.

Black Artist Database co-founder, educator, and DJ Niks makes her debut, direct from London institution Phonica Records.

“As usual, I cover all spectrums that I love from the underground, from rhythmic and minimal techno, to ’90s US house, new school garage, jungle, breaks, and more!

The key inspirations were records that speak to me, and would mesh well in a set/mix. This includes with recently acquired records, alongside records that I’ve re-dug up during lockdown, and records passed down to me from my father and brother. I also shine a light on newer producers and labels (particularly those I’ve been digging over the past year) and older labels (pre ’00s) which are a trude ode to the underground.

The overall feel is very much a ‘Niks’ set – a mix I would play out to keep you waving through various genres, labels, and sounds.”

Watch and listen to the set above, check out the tracklist below.

Tracklist

1.Marcos Cabral – Prochainement (Dimensions Recordings)
2. Mr. G – Just Wanna Dance (Phoenix G)
3. Ricardo Villalobos – Beetglass (Deset)
4. Mark Seven – Crank (Love International Recordings)
5. DJ Crisps – Ready Salted (Shall Not Fade)
6. DJ Perception – Know Your Name (Timehri)
7. Shanti Celeste & Saoirse – Solid Maas (Love International Recordings)
8. Atlantic – Waterfall (Netherlands Mix) (Eastern Bloc Records)
9. Kings of Tomorrow – Finally (Tom De Neef Club Mix) (Defected)
10. DJ Kaos and Loudtone – Buffalo Dub (Phonica Records)
11. Blaze – Let’s Come Together
12. Stones Taro – Light on the Hill (Third Place)


Head here to discover Black Artist Database.

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VF Live: Leanne Wright #2

Summer-ready dub, reggae, jazz, and funk records from her London abode.

In VF Live, DJs take you inside their HQs, record stores, and studios for intimate sets and mixes.

From working at Honest Jon’s during the ‘90s to holding down a monthly residency on Worldwide FM, Leanne Wright continues to leave her mark across UK music scenes.

In her latest VF Live set, Wright plays a selection of dub, reggae, jazz, and funk:

“I love pulling records like this at home. It’s an opportunity to play a much more relaxed session and select favourites I might not necessarily play on a dance floor. Door and windows OPEN – bring on the summer!”

Tracklist

1. Sons of Negus & Churchical Host – Run Come Rally
2. Al Chem – No Hopper
3. Meditations – Justice Version
4. Gregory Isaacs – Oh What a Feeling
5. Hugh Mundell – Time Has Come
6. King Tubby – King Tubby’s Special feat U Roy
7. Alogte Oho & His Sounds of Joy – Mam Yinne Wa
8. Mighty Ryeders – Evil Vibrations
9. Black Disco – Night Express
10. Longineu Parsons – Funkin’ Around
11. Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band – The Healer
12. Pete Rock – Pete’s Jazz
13. Disco Four – Throwdown
14. Jonzun Crew – Pack Jam
15. Sandra Reid – Don’t Tell Me Tell Her
16. Wendy Walker – We’ve Got One

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VF Live: Eliza Rose #14

Soulful, summery underground garage house, and UK garage records.

In VF Live, DJs take you inside their homes, record stores, and studios for intimate selects and mixes.

Londoner Eliza Rose has spent over a decade working at her local record store Flashback, acquiring a formidable collection along the way.

For her latest set, she selects “soulful, summery underground garage house, and UK garage records.”

Watch and listen above, check out the tracklist below.

Tracklist:

1.Greg Stainer – Understand This
2. Jump Cutz – Jus’ Wanna Be Wit U
3. Cody Currie ft Eliza Rose – Night Moves
4. M4A4 – New City
5. RuPaul – A Shade Shady (Now Prance)
6. Amy Dabbs – The Player
7. Frits Wentink ‎ – Friends
8. Plastic Park Meet’s Alexander Purkart* – Music’s Hypnotisn’
9. Herb Rhythm ‎– Don’t Go (Ease Up George Flip)
10. Raw Pleasure ‎ – Don’t Need It
11. Richy Hicks & Don V Louis & Greg Stainer – Grapevine
12. Ty Holden & James Reynolds – Nobody Else (Steppers Delight)
13. 24 HOUR EXPERIENCE – A1
14. Jamiroquai ‎– Too Young To Die (Grant Nelson Remix)
15. A Rose Is Still A Rose (London Connection Hierachal Mix)

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VF Live: The Twilite Tone #2

A “transgenre” set at Stones Throw’s Gold Line Bar, playing records from its 10,000+ collection.

In VF Live, DJs take you inside their homes, record stores, and studios, for intimate sets and mixes.

Artist, producer, and composer The Twilite Tone returns for his latest VF Live set, recorded at Stones Throw’s Gold Line Bar in LA.

“The inspiration behind each one of my selections was the deliberate intention to allow beautiful mistakes to occur whilst in practice of bravely moving forward on this journey of sight and sound.

“I selected these songs from a collection of records at Goldline Bar that I was introduced to for the first time about an hour before presenting this set of records for The Vinyl Factory and you.

This presentation is tied to myself, and my project and platform “The Clearing House”, as it is a impromptu freestyle presentation as a precursor to the “Expected The Unexpectedness” nature of myself and “The Clearing House”. TCH debuted on Worldwide FM, and episodes are a window into the building process of the project by showcasing rough sketches, demos, freestyles, outtakes, edits, remixes conversations with yours truly and my creative, beautiful, and likeminded collaborators. Stay tuned…”

Watch and listen to the set above, check out the tracklist below.

Tracklist:

1. Public Enemy – Night of the Living Baseheads
1. National Health – Black Hat
2. Gang Starr – Take it Personal
3. NTU & Gary Bartz – Dozens
4. The S.O.S. Band – Weekend Girl
5. Space Art – Nous savonstout
6. Grand Puba – Soul Controller
7. Large Professor & Pete Rock – The Rap World
8. James Vincent – Alone (Space Traveler)
9. Fela Kuti Feat. Afrika 70 – Confusion
10. 3 Ring Circuits – Moving World
11. Pleasure – Sending My Love
12. Ashford & Simpson – Love Don’t Make It Right (12” Disco Mix)
13. Esyxx – Be My Side
14. US – GO*ILL or chica[GO, ILL]inois for the lamen
15. Virgo – Rhythm Trax Go Wild Track 3
16. Panache[Just Brothers] – Sweet Jazz Music
17. Prince – Make Up

The Twilite Tone’s The Clearing is out now on Stones Throw.

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The sci-fi surrealism of Scottish artist Al White

Conjuring an imaginary land to define the visual language of Glasgow electronic label 12th Isle.

Channeling Dali-esque shapes through electronica, Al White has created artwork for label 12th Isle since its inception.

Across 14 releases, he has conjured up a magical island region of his own – the 12th Isle.

We spoke with White to find out more about his inspirations, and how it all began.

How did this collaboration start?

12th Isle started as a club night in Glasgow ran by me and 3 other lads – Fergus Clark, Ruaidrhi McGhee, and Stewart Brown. I did all of the posters, and the visual world slowly came together through each one, then we started the label about a year later in 2016. I was able to push it a bit further with the record covers, I think.

How do you approach designing each cover?

Listening to the music loads of times, because I was involved in curating the label too. (Now, I just do the drawings). By the time I come around to making the artwork, I already have a loose sense of how I imagine that landscape, or a good idea of the feel of it at least. I just start drawing, do wee sketches, start with a rough plan then let it drift off, sink into it for a few days, and pull everything together on photoshop.

Does this collective work have a theme to it?

12th Isle is an imagined island region – each record cover roughly depicts an individual zone or habitat of the landscape – some of those zones might be microscopic whereas others might spans several miles, be underwater, etc. The music sets the foundations for each zone, but it’s all part of the same world and has to make sense to me within the bigger environment.

What’s next?

Lots of forthcoming 12th Isle stuff, next is a 10” from Lucy Duncombe which should be out in June, then there’s an LP from SAD, which is really cool. Otherwise I’m mostly focusing on my new project CRUDEX which I launched this year. It began with a zine series, which is continuing, as well as new prints, garments, tapes, etc.

Check out White’s trippy oeuvre in full below, and follow him here.


Christos Chondropoulos
Athenian Primitivism
(12th Isle)

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Tarotplane
Horizontology
(12th Isle)

Listen / Buy


Christos Chondropoulos
On Nature
(12th Isle)

Listen / Buy


Vague Imaginaires
L’Île Sous l’Eau
(12th Isle)

Listen / Buy


D.K.
Live At The Edge
(12th Isle)

Listen / Buy


Various Artists
Inkosi
(12th Isle)

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Pataphysical
Periphera
(12th Isle)

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Lo Kindre
Chlorophytum
(12th Isle)

Listen / Buy


Best Available Technology
Enginetics & Plasmalterations
(12th Isle)

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Palta & Ti
Palta Og Ti På Den Tolvte Ø
(12th Isle)

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RAMZi
Pèze​-​Piton
(12th Isle)

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XYR
El Dorado
(12th Isle)

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Cru Servers
Blubber Tottum
(12th Isle)

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Dices + AEM Rhythm Cascade
Thoughtstream
(12th Isle)

Listen / Buy

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